7 Perfect Campus Coffee Shops To Hit The Books (Or The Blogs!)

Whether you're in school and enduring the pain of finals or just need to take a break from your desk and chip away at that annoying to-do list in fresh surroundings, we totally understand the need for a quiet oasis within the city. And, naturally, an oasis that serves up tasty treats and warm coffee to keep you plugging away in high spirits, is key. However, in this notoriously early-to-bed, early-to-rise city, an away-from-home spot that keeps the oil burning well into the night isn't always easy to come by. That's why we've put together this list of the coziest coffee shops to get your work on, for both students and graduates of many, many years past. The following seven spots all include the following: late hours, free wi-fi, a chill ambiance, and, for you students, proximity to S.F's brightest campuses. Now go ahead — get your nerd on.
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The Creamery
From a sleek cabin-like interior to artisan-style food and drinks, The Creamery is undoubtedly the place to be in SoMa for the hard-working crowd. Better yet, it’s only a block away from the Academy of Art's Brannan and Townsend buildings and dorms, making it the perfect go-to spot for students and start-up employees alike.
The Creamery, 685 4th Street (at Townsend Street); 415-896-1446.

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Matching Half Cafe
Find yourself easily distracted by Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr? Seek haven at the Matching Half Cafe, which hosts very few plug-in outlets, keeping your internet diversions to a minimum — at least until your battery dies. However, Haight residents and USF students should expect to be sidetracked by the delish menu. Black Jet Bakery homemade pop tarts anyone? We thought so.
Matching Half Cafe, 1799 McAllister (at Baker Street); 415-674-8699.

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Coffee Bar
This industrial-chic coffee space plays host to the hard-working grad-student and tech-y crowds (we’re looking at you graphic designers!). And it’s no wonder, with its plug-in outlets a-plenty and stimulating modern interiors, we can’t think of a better place to start showing off your Adobe Suite skills. Boasting a large selection of hot and iced coffee drinks, you’ll be jazzed up for even the most daunting of tasks. Not looking for a coffee buzz? Try getting a sugar rush with the shop's selection of locally made goodies from the likes of Dynamo Donuts, Anthony’s Cookies, and Sandbox Pastry.
Coffee Bar, 1890 Bryant Street (entry on Florida and Mariposa streets); 415-551-8100.

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Fog Lifter Cafe
You know that awkward moment when you order your coffee to stay, but all the seats are taken? Don’t expect that problem at Fog Lifter, thanks to its bountiful seating. This place has enough room to host loads of City College and San Francisco State students, plus out-of-school folks galore. To keep your fatigue at bay, settle in with a warm mug of Blue Bottle Coffee and get ready to get your grind on.
Fog Lifter Cafe, 1901 Ocean Avenue (at Ashton Avenue); 415-349-4543.

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Caffe Centro
Fashion and advertising majors, this one’s for you! Located only a few feet away from the Academy of Art’s Federal building, this European-style cafe, outfitted with rustic exposed brick is the perfect place to quiz yourself on an upcoming test or make last-minute touches on a project, while also fueling up on the tasty lunch options and espresso. And with a handful of marketing and ad agencies neighboring the cafe, there’s always a chance to rub elbows with industry insiders.
Caffe Centro, 102 South Park (between 2nd and 3rd streets); 415-882-1500.

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Prefer to work outside? Mission-based cafe Haus offers a private patio where you can hunch over your books and computer with a glass of the shop’s signature sparkling limeade or a frothy latte. With plenty of seating and an eerily quiet atmosphere, it's the perfect spot to get a bunch of items checked our your to-do list while mixing in a little relaxation.
Haus, 3086 24th Street (between Folsom Street and Treat Avenue); 415-374-7353.

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The Blue Fig
As the neighbor to the usually crowded (and therefore, noisy) Ritual Coffee, this Mission java hut is the perfect spot if you prefer to get your caffeine fix and work done in silence. With a large array of coffee options and a mean egg sandwich, among other delicious offerings, this shop will have you powered up for even the most intense meeting or test. Added bonus: the excess of natural light will have you feeling like you’re hanging outside instead of cooped up studying. Win-win!
The Blue Fig, 990 Valencia Street (at 21st Street); 415-875-9622.

Photographed by Jasmine Gregory